Post # 1
I have a HUGE budget problem, and I’m hoping someone can help! We met with the rental people about putting up some drapes in our venue, and got an estimate of $1,400!! Thats double what I had budgeted for in the rental department and I don’t think we can swing it. The part I think you Bees might be able to help with is what to do about the ceremony. Here’s a picture of what the room looks like:
That picture was taken from the middle of the atrium, where the ceremony will be, facing where the "alter" needs to go. There will be white chairs set up with an aisle down the middle, and then I need to do something up front so that there is a focal point of some sort… the rental people wanted to set up a huge white pipe and drape thing, which looked nice but was $600 and out of the price range (considering we need $700 worth of other things from them).
Does anyone have any ideas on how to transform the front of the room so that it looks like a place we should be getting married?
FYI – the ceremony is at 6pm in November after daylight savings ends, so it will be dark (ceiling is glass), with just the wall sconces turned on low. I would like to do candles and make it romantic looking…
Please help us save our budget!
Post # 3
What about an arch with some silk flowers and ribbon, etc? I saw some arches at Big Lots (don’t know if you have that store where you are) for about $100 this past weekend.
Post # 4
What about glare from the glass doors….
Post # 5
what about a pretty folding screen or trellis (sp?) as sort of a backdrop. There are several different sets of how-to instructions to make your own and you can buy them at a lot of discount stores. You could also use topiaries or just regular tall houseplants (I think I see one in the background) as a shield, but that might be a different theme than what you’re going for.
Post # 6
i 2nd prettykatie’s suggestion. white columns can be rented from a lot of places and made into all types of designs. one desing being an arch. where they have white column pieces that they put on the top of the columns which appears to ‘connect’ them.
i think this would be great in your case bc i think you need something kinda heavy to really "ground" your altar area. then you can go in with flowers or sheer fabric, or both, to soften it and make it look romantic. i wanted to do it myself…..but i dont know if i can fit it into my budget. (didnt buget for rentals) but you may be able to!
Post # 7
Are you crafty or know someone who is? You could make your own "drape" and stencil something meaningful on it (like your initials or something)…kind of like what people are doing to jazz up aisle runners. If you tacked or stapled it to the top of the door frames you wouldn’t even see the hanger. Or you could make it full length and pin it to the awning – but then you would lose some floor area.
Post # 8
Do you really feel like you need to block out that back view? I would just try and go with the space the way it is and add a focal point, as you say. The arch could work well. But also, you could have a long, narrow table covered with a linen that matched your colors parallel to the doors. Especially if it was a tall table (i.e. bar height), the height might be nice Cover it with long mirrors and a mixture of heights of pillar candles. Or you could put some tall flower arrangements on the table behind you to add visual interest:
You could do something like this to mark the aisle with candles:
IKEA has tons of multi-height candle holders and holders like the one in the pic for super cheap.
You could rent potted plants or trees (or take them from your venue for free!) and place them on either side of the long table or "altar". Outline the room with candles placed in hurricanes on the floor or on tables. You would be set!
Post # 9
Since it is going to be dark, I don’t think you need to cover the entire end to provide a focal point. You could build a sort of framework (like the framework for a screen). It doesn’t have to extend across the whole end, and it could be built in pieces. And you could hang paper lanterns, or string little white lights. They would reflect in the windows, so you wouldn’t need very many to look like a lot. And it would effectively "block" the view. If you built two sort of wings, that slant or lead into a middle alter area, that would effectively focus attention on the middle. If that makes any sense. It looks good in my head!
Post # 10
I concur with lotusmoss. Does the venue have large potted plants/palms/fruit trees? If so, you could see if they are willing to gather them around where the ceremony will be- perhaps string some with white lights or something.
Or what about making a huppah-type structure? If anyone you know is at all handy, they could make a frame that you could then drape with fabric.
Post # 11
I totally feel your pain. My ceremony venue was an eyesore (my church). My friend who is quite crafty, decorated it for me. All she did was borrow someone’s PVC piping (some of the poles were weighted in small coffee cans with cement). The first layer of fabric was sheets (twin size) that she bought from Ikea and made panels out of them and they were attached with clips (that look like shower curtain rings) to the poles. Then, over the sheets, she draped layers of a nice, sheer fabric that she bought in downtown L.A. in the garment district. Finally, she had artificial flowers and vines (from Micheals which she kept the tags on and returned afterwards) running all across the top of the piping. It looked really, really nice. I’m not in any way crafty, but even if you know someone who is just the slightest bit, then you can very easily pull this off – and for WAY cheaper than what you were quoted! You can do it!
Post # 12
Thank you SOOO much for all of the comments! I was also thinking tons of candles… I’ll see what I can do 🙂